Wintergreen was used as an herbal medicine by several Native American tribes and by early settlers as a home remedy.

Gaultheria procumbensWintergreen - Pyrola Minor

Wintergreen herb is apt to invoke images of relief from muscle aches or the refreshing mint taste of wintergreen, popular in flavoring gum, toothpaste, candy and birch beer.

Native Americans crushed wintergreen leaves in poultices for treating sore muscles, joint aches, and arthritis. Such poultices also eased rashes, inflammations, swellings, and wounds – even toothaches. Internally, wintergreen tea was used to ease fever, a sore throat, an upset stomach, ulcers and gonorrhea symptoms.

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medicinal uses of Wintergreen

In culinary uses, wintergreen is commonly used in teaberry gum.